Nigeria’s immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged that the electoral promise made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it would pay a monthly stipend to unemployed youths caused violence during the campaigns for the 2015 elections.
The former President said this in his book, ‘My Transition Hours’, which was presented to the public in Abuja on Tuesday.
Jonathan said, “During the 2015 presidential election’s campaigns, the opposition made unrealistic promises, including monthly payout to all unemployed as well as creating millions of jobs annually, even without a clear picture of how the issue of capacity building would be adequately addressed.
“Those youths, who innocuously built their hopes on these promises, turned out to be the most disruptive during the elections because they erroneously saw any contrary position as one working against their destiny.
“My efforts in expanding the space for education, especially in building the Almajiri schools in the North were targeted at addressing those challenges. We have to continue to make deliberate effort to educate the Nigerian youth, particularly those in the Northern part of the country.
“The Nigerian leadership must also embrace attitudinal change, not just rhetorical change. I believe that politics should be pursued with a reasonable degree of enlightenment and patriotism which requires honesty and transparency.
“Making fanciful promises falls out of line of these requirements. You would either be lying to a people you should be telling the whole truth or you lacked the capacity to figure out the status of your country’s economy ahead of the possibility of your leadership.”